December 2, 2007

The Saga Continues

It all started when Twins general manager Bill Smith apparently made it clear that the Twins were seeking trades for their former Cy-Young winner. All of the big market teams quickly became interested, and since the Yankees and Red Sox have emerged as the favorites to land Santana.

The Yankees right now appear to be the front-runner for Santana leading the Red Sox with a package of Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera, and a second-tier prospect. The Red Sox have been unwilling to throw in Jacoby Ellsbury or Clay Buchholz into their package of Jon Lester, Jed Lowrie, and Coco Crisp, but if they did, rumor is that the Twins would prefer that deal over the Yankees current offer.

Rumors have become wild over the past few days, and the latest is that the Twins and Yankees have agreed on the first part of the deal which would include Phil Hughes and Melky Cabrera. The part that is currently holding the two sides from completing a deal is that the Twins want another prospect such as Ian Kennedy, Austin Jackson, or Alan Horne. The Yankees want to give up only a second-tier guy, and the two sides are currently on stand-still.

If the Red Sox give in, and give up one of their other prized prospects, a deal could get done with them, but so far there is no indication that they will.

The Twins have let the Yankees and Red Sox both know, that if they don't give them what they want, they will keep Santana. According to reports, one way or the other, this could all be settled within the next two days.